Artist Interviews

Artist Interview: Tracey Fletcher King

images (13)Today’s Artist Interview is with a lovely Brisbane artist called Tracey Fletcher King. I’ve been following Tracey on social media for a long time and love her particular style. I was thrilled when she agreed to answer a few questions for us! She has even added a couple of links to painting demos for us.  We are also excited to announce that Tracey will be one of our feature artists for our Colour Me Positive weekly art journal challenge (have you signed up yet?) so keep an eye on the blog. ~ Lisa

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.
I am an artist, illustrator and teacher living in Brisbane. I was a high school art teacher for a few years, I taught primary art, and at a university, plus privately and hold a Masters degree in Art Curriculum majoring in creativity theory and I have an amazing creative life. I spend my mornings working on illustration work, working for companies to create images for their packaging, artwork for their websites and social media feeds, and other fun stuff like that. It feeds my love of realism and keeps my skills fresh, and keeps me on my toes creatively. In the afternoons I work on large canvases which are sold mainly through interior designers, and I work on art work for my blog, and just for me. Any spare time goes into planning upcoming classes and workshops and refining my existing online classes and workshops. To say my days are overflowing with creativity would be an understatement.

 

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I grew up in a creative household, and many members of my family were involved, and are still involved in creative jobs and lives. It was always part of my life and I honestly can’t remember a time when I wasn’t painting, writing stories or making crafts. It has always been part of my earliest memories.

 

Can you remember one of the first things you drew/painted?
I was always drawing, and writing, so I can’t remember my first drawings or paintings, but I do have a vivid memory of getting a set of 104 crayons from my uncle which was my most treasured possession for one summer when I was little. There were metallic crayons, and so many colours… it was just perfection in a little box.

 

What’s your favourite piece of work that you have created?
My favourite piece of work is still my blog and website header. I created it to try to capture all the things I love about tea and my favourite studio mug. It hangs above my desk in the studio and makes me smile every day.
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Do you have a favourite artist?
I love Matisse for his sense of colour, Brett Whitely for his sexy lines, and Cressida Campbell for her amazing line, and composition. I am always on the hunt for inspiration though and hit the galleries whenever I can.

What’s the best thing about being an artist?
I get paid to play with colour all day long. Sometimes the hours are crushing, and not all illustration jobs are fun, but it is amazing. My paintings and prints are in people’s homes and lives, my classes have helped people to push their own art and I get to spend all day surrounded by paint, ink and brushes. Life doesn’t get much better than that and I have no clue what I would do without it.
A bit over two years ago I was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer and was given a dire prognosis for quite some time, but art really did get me through. Making myself get out of bed to keep my blog going and to create things for that kept me sane through a long year of treatment, and since coming through and flourishing physically I have found I have flourished creatively as well. I honestly don’t think I would have had as great an outcome without art to get me through it.

 

Do you like to have music playing while you create and if so, what kind of music do you listen to that inspires you?
I always listen to music. Sometimes I get in a bit of a groove and don’t notice it too much, but I have set playlists that I have created. Some are classical music for days when my brain is on hyper mode, which is quite often, but otherwise it is a mix of acoustic playlists with people like Newton Fawlkner, Ron Pope and the like, or it is straight out pop like Halsey and Taylor Swift, but I have been known to get a bit of country on with The Civil Wars and The White Buffalo. It is a huge part of my process and the only thing I have to watch is singing along when my earphones are in. I have a seriously bad singing voice. We are talking making peoples’ ears bleed territory, but I try to make up for that with enthusiasm.

 

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What is your favourite thing that you often include in your work?

I don’t have a symbol or object that I use in my work all of the time. I tend to like things like maps, and geological survey type ideas in my large abstracts, and tea is a theme that runs through a lot as well as I am obsessed with the stuff. But I tend to be a bit of a mish mash of ideas.

What are you doing when you’re not creating?
I work insane hours… but when I am not working. I read, cook dodgy meals, avoid cleaning like a pro, and walk along the waterfront at Wynnum where I live. It is a constant source of inspiration and I never go without my iphone camera at the ready.

 

What are your favourite products to use?
I love using watercolour and ink more than anything else and I use acrylics for large canvases. I am not too particular about watercolours and tend to go for a colour rather than a brand, though I don’t believe you always need the most expensive brands. I have a huge collection though and happily justify that because I need them for work. For canvases I love golden acrylics, and some of their mediums as well but hands down the thing I love most and couldn’t live without is my fineliner making fluid which I use every day in my illustration work. That stuff saves my butt a lot!

 

Do you have any tips or inspiring words to share?
I believe that art is universal. We all need some in our lives, though we don’t have to share everything. The internet seduces us into sharing all of our work all of the time, and thinking other people have better skills than us, and have perfect creative lives and we can all fall prey to feeling inadequate. I purposely don’t share everything and I have sketchbooks that are just for me. No one sees them and they are a safe place for me to explore and express myself and know that it won’t be judged. No one said you have to share everything and it is okay to keep things for yourself. I also follow that by having my website and the website blog for business and a personal art blog that is separate. I like to share mistakes and rubbish as well as fun things on the personal art blog, but that wouldn’t be suitable on the website. I didn’t want to give up the fun of blogging and it is a great place to have fun and share things I wouldn’t dream of sharing business wise, so I keep them separate. In short make technology work around you and make sure it suits you creatively.

 

Where can we view your work?
My website and newsletter sign up is http://www.traceyfletcherking.com/
My art blog can be found at http://www.traceyfletcherkingblog.com/

 

Do you have any upcoming online or offline classes where we can enjoy learning from you?
I have a re run of my online course Delicious Paint being run again in Feb/March 2016 . To be kept updated on details on this and other classes sign up for the my newsletter on the website at http://www.traceyfletcherking.com.
I am in the middle of planning and filming a series of free basics tutorials which I am hoping will be launched very early next year, and two classes are well into the planning stages, both of which should come online next year.

 

Thanks so much Tracey! We look forward to seeing more from you throughout the year!

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Artist Interview: Dina Wakley

DinaPicWe’re so excited that Dina will be visiting us here in Noosa this weekend to do 3 days of classes with over 70 lucky ladies! To celebrate Dina’s visit to Australia we have asked her to answer a few questions.

Also I’d like to let you all know that all Dina Wakley Media products (paint, brushes, stencils, stamps, mediums, etc) will be on sale in the store from Friday 27th November through until Monday 30th November so take advantage of 10% off these scrumptious goodies while stocks last.


 

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am Dina, I have a hubby and three sons (ages 20, 18, and 16). I live in the desert near Phoenix, AZ.

How/when did you get interested in art?

I started scrapbooking in 1995 and stamping in 1996. Then I discovered mixed media and then started art journaling in 2005. I’ve kept a personal journal since I was nine, so art journaling was a natural fit.

Can you remember one of the first things you drew/painted?

My first art journal page was about how I didn’t feel comfortable calling myself an artist. The first face I painted was out of proportion and sort of Modigliani-esque, but I loved it because I had never done it before.

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I don’t really choose favourites but I do have some journal pages I like more than others.

Do you have a favourite artist?

I love Basquiat, Jasper Johns, Raschenberg, Helen Frankenthaler.

What’s the best thing about being an artist?

Being creative makes me happy. 🙂

Do you like to have music playing while you create and if so, what kind of music do you listen to that inspires you?

Sometimes. I have eclectic tastes (Brandi Carlile for her song writing, Muse for it’s rocking-awesomeness, Foo Fighters for rock, Anouk, Patty Griffin, so many more).

What is your favourite thing that you often include in your work? (e.g. faces, quotes, birds, etc)

I like to draw people/faces. It’s satisfying to draw something that looks back at you.

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What are you doing when you’re not creating?

Take care of my family! Even though my boys are big, they still need me. We have lots of activities, etc. I like to read and cook, too.

What are your favourite products to use?

My paint of course! And I love the Stabilo All pencil and Neocolor II crayons.

Do you have any tips or inspiring words to share?

  • Done is better than perfect.
  • They’ll make more paper.
  • Oops, oh well.

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Where can we view your work?

http://www.dinawakley.com
http://www.facebook.com/ArtOfDinaWakley
https://instagram.com/dinawakley/

Do you have any upcoming classes where we can enjoy learning from you?

All my online classes are here:

http://dinawakley.com/store/


 

And of course Dina is teaching this weekend in Noosa, Australia for Lulu Art! We are so excited to have here. Keep an eye on our facebook page and Instagram for pics of our fun weekend.

Lisa xx

Artist Interviews

Artist Interview: Juliette Crane

Today we are excited to be interviewing the lovely and talented Juliette Crane! Sit back with your cuppa and enjoy. Make sure you check out Juliettes newest online course called Happy Painting.

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Also Juliette has given us the links to a couple of fun videos you may enjoy. How lucky are we as we get to see her in action! Thanks Juliette!!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.

I am a full-time artist and writer. I create mixed-media paintings. Every painting has a story and I put those stories with my artwork into inspirational books, children’s books, novels and picture books.

How/when did you get interested in art?

I have always been an artist. Whether it was coloring with crayons or fingerpainting as a little kid I always loved to create and had a wild imagination. But I went to college to study environmental biology. Yet I could not stay away from the art room. I didn’t know what to do with art and graduated with degrees in journalism and fine art.

At first I went into arts journalism and worked at newspapers. It took lots of different jobs as a journalist, graphic designer, web programmer and many more before I finally became a full-time artist. All of those different jobs in what seemed like mistakes at the time now help me to run my current business.

Can you remember one of the first things you drew/painted?

I always loved color and abstracts. When I was a kid, I would lay out sheets and sheets of typing paper on the ping-pong table and drip watercolors to see what sort of patterns and combinations of color I could get.

Whenever I would paint, I would continue to create abstracts. But it wasn’t until I started adding whimsical characters that I felt connected to my paintings. Before then, I would just keep painting over my artwork again and again. But with the character, there is something in the eyes where I can feel a connection. It’s almost like looking into a mirror and I continue to paint a character into it resonates with my heart.

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What’s your favourite piece of work that you have created?

My favorite artwork is usually whatever I am working on at that time. For a while it was owls. Then last year I completed my first book. Right now I am super excited about a series of sketches and whimsical characters inspired by trees and flowers. As I have been creating them all of these stories have been coming to mind as well, so I am including these new paintings in a picture book and novel. 

What’s the best thing about being an artist?

I love being able to have ideas and to build them into whatever it is I might dream. I delight in seeing how all these creative ideas spin off of one another. It is so fun to do a sketch in the morning, go for a walk and on that walk come up with a story that I realize would be perfect to go with that morning’s sketch. Then I might have the idea that that one sketch could be a series of sketches which then inspires me to do a series of stories.

Then it all becomes a book that I can put out and share with the world. I love not ever having to hold back. I feel the same way about being inspired to combine and play with different art supplies.

I love having all of my art supplies out in the moment and just grabbing whatever inspires me, seeing if it works and trying something new.

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Do you like to have music playing while you create and if so, what kind of music do you listen to that inspires you?

I find that the type of music I am listening to while I paint completely affects what I create. I know that if I really want to feel in the flow, I listen to Andrew Bird. His  music always puts me in a good place. Often times I will put Pandora on my Andrew Bird channel And know things are going to be good.

What is your favourite thing that you often include in your work? (e.g. faces, quotes, birds, etc). Faces are definitely the thing that I always include in my work. I am especially attracted to the eyes. They really define for me what the rest of the painting is going to look like. I keep the supplies and the colors are used for my faces the same, so that I always have a template to follow. That way my imagination for the character can go wild.

Do you have a fun story to share involving your artwork?

One time I saw an owl in all of the layers of my painting. I decided to go with it and created my first owl.

That painting turned into a few more and I submitted those first owl paintings to Somerset Studio magazine. They asked me to write an article on how I paint my owls. When I mentioned the article to friends online, they said they wanted to know how I paint my owls too.

So I started teaching a few local, mixed media owl painting workshops, which then led me to start my series of online classes. And that led me to where I am now as a full-time artist.

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What are your favourite products to use?

I especially love acrylic inks and oil paint sticks. The inks are great for creating calm areas in a painting, adding a sheer solid pop of color over all of my other layers of texture, marks and paint. I use the oil paint sticks whenever I want to add an opaque but textured area of calm to my paintings. I love the creaminess in contrast to my acrylics, inks, pencil, paint pens and papers.

Do you have any tips or inspiring words to share?

I try and remember to always have fun with whatever I’m creating. If I think too much about the end result or painting what’s in my head or trying to paint like someone else, I either freeze or paint something lifeless. I also try to make it easy for myself to create every day by keeping a few favorite supplies and my sketchbook out, ready to go at all times. And I always push myself in new directions by recognizing what I am drawn to in my every day. In that way, I continue to develop my style in a way that is unique to me… and fun.

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Where we can view your work?

I have a blog, videos, shop and website at: http://www.juliettecrane.com/

I also post what is on my painting table daily on my:

Instagram: https://instagram.com/juliettecrane 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JulietteCraneArt

Google+ : https://plus.google.com/+juliettetcrane/posts

Do you have any upcoming online classes where we can enjoy learning from you?

All of my online classes are self-paced, instant access classes, so you can always sign up and go at your own pace and join the private facebook community which is super supportive and encouraging.

My newest online workshop is Happy Painting – A Mini Course, where I share my favorite supplies, techniques and characters to help you loosen up, overcome creative blocks and develop your own style.


Thank you so much Juliette for sharing your wonderful art with us!

Artist Interviews

Artist Interview: Denise Daffara

DeniseHi everyone!

Today I’m thrilled to introduce you to a lovely friend of mine, Denise Daffara. Denise is a regular teacher out here at the Lulu Art studio and also teaches interstate and overseas. Now even more people can enjoy Denise’s wonderful lessons as she has just launched a terrific online course as well.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.

I’d say I’m an introvert who has an outgoing streak (Leo moon for those astrologically gifted) … so that enables me to be able to teach workshops.. and then I go home and hide out in my studio again. Just this month (Feb 2015) I launched my very first Ecourse, which took me ever so much courage and overcoming of self doubts and tech mountains traverse. But OH the JOY of having a circle of women gather to create and use the materials I have prepared for them.

How/when did you get interested in art?

I’d began painting in 1999 … after an 18 month period of grief and loss… a friend offered to teach me how to paint, my youngest daughter was in kindy so I said, yes please…. and went to lessons one day a week on a pretty regular basis for 4 years.

Can you remember one of the first things you drew/painted?

A Modigliani inspired Nude.

What’s your favourite piece of work that you have created?

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This one from 2014 – I’m so smitten with it I made a little youtube video to ‘introduce’ myself to folks who were curious about me and my ecourse.   http://youtu.be/GS1GdF0GP-4

Do you have a favourite artist?

Chagall … then Klimt … Matisse and Modigliani come to mind immediately.

What’s the best thing about being an artist?

When you have a connection with the creatiive spirit while painting and bliss out, ceasing to know what time it is and not caring either. (I would like to increase the frequency of this).

Do you like to have music playing while you create and if so, what kind of music do you listen to that inspires you?

I like kind of trance music, a bit of classical, some modern funky stuff Bonobo, Rising Appalachia, London Grammar, Gotye, Broods  .. but honestly.. most often I listen to podcasts of various wise teachers, spiritual teachers, interviews.. inspirational types etc.

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Women, teacups, chickens, daisy flowers.

What are you doing when you’re not creating? 

I don’t understand the question. lol. .. no.. I’m almost always creating.. but when I do switch off.. the beach walking.. or laying on a banana lounge is a very favorite thing.

Do you have a fun story to share involving your artwork?

I learned how to make a version of a smashbook in mid 2013, at a teacher training workshop in USA, in my book I wrote about wanting to share my love of tea and art combined, some 18 months later I launched an ecourse, called Creativitea Time and part of it is teaching how to make those same incredible smashbooks.

What are your favourite products to use?

Golden fluid acrylics, Neocolor II water soluable crayons, stabillo woody pencil, fun stencils.

Do you have any tips or inspiring words to share?

Self acceptance is vital to a flourishing creative life. Also.. that inner critic you have.. has a polar opposite .. she’s your Muse/Wise Self.. the more you can nurture a strong connection to her, the stronger, wiser, wilder, more bodacious and fabulous your life will become. I absolutely believe this and have experienced it first hand.

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www.denisedaffara.com.au

www.creativiteatime.com (ecourse)

www.asipofmytea.com (sometimes I blog there)

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/DeniseDaffara.Artist

Instagram : https://instagram.com/denisedaffara/

Do you have any upcoming online classes where we can enjoy learning from you?

Join my ‘interested list’ at www.creativiteatime.com I’ll be able to keep in touch with you re: any new ecourses, and the next time creativitea time is open.

I teach visionary painting workshops for women, my current inspiration is Essence of Gypsy.. you can join me here at Lulu Art in March 2015 .. Melbourne May 2015 or Brisbane Sept 2015. I love to sip tea and create with you.


Thanks so much Denise for sharing your words with us xxx

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Artist Interview: Kate Crane

IMG_5133I’m thrilled to introduce to you the next artist in our Artist Interview series .. the lovely Kate Crane. Many of you would know Kate through her blog – The Kathryn Wheel – or may have done one of her Journal Soup online classes or possibly even seen her articles in some of the popular magazines.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.

Hi there, I’m Kate Crane. I live in a rural village in the north of England, UK, with my two lovely children and a very supportive husband. I originally trained as a musician and spent many years teaching music in schools but after having my own children I began to make more time for art. Gradually the art took over from the teaching job, and now I juggle the two! I adore messy mixed media art and have a particular passion for art journaling, and art for art’s sake.

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How/when did you get interested in art?

I think I was always interested in art and making things in general. I have always drawn and doodled, and was taught to sew and knit at a very young age. As a skinny teenager when I couldn’t find any clothes to fit me, I used to get my sewing machine out and make my own! I still like to draw, knit, sew … and all sorts of other crafty things!

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Can you remember one of the first things you drew/painted?

My mum can remember better than me. In fact she saved a drawing I drew for her when she was in hospital having my sister so I would be 22 months old at the time. It’s a bit wobbly and wonky but it’s clearly a person! She also tells me that I always loved paints, but that I used to paint everything black. As I got older I did a lot of art at school and had a very understanding art teacher who used to let us stay in the art room for ages after school and create and play to our heart’s content. I can remember doodling and drawing on every available book cover at school in a style very similar to what we now call zentangling!

What’s your favourite piece of work that you have created?

Usually my favourite piece of work will be one of my latest creations, but I also have a few favourite older art journal pages that I love. Sometimes it’s the space that I was in when I created the art that makes it my favourite, not always how it looks on the page.

Do you have a favourite artist?

Ooh, I have many favourite artists and I like to stalk them on the internet! Among my favourites are Dina Wakley and Mindy Lacefield. I find their loose and free style very inspiring. I generally like colourful, loose, messy art … it’s where I want to be with my own art.

What’s the best thing about being an artist?

I never get tired of creating art because it always feels new. I love the learning journey – there is always more to learn. It’s fascinating to look back and see what I was creating a few years ago. I also love sharing what I do with others through teaching workshops and my on-line classes.

Do you like to have music playing while you create and if so, what kind of music do you listen to that inspires you?

I almost always have the radio on when I am creating. I like the mix of music, news and chat and I feel like it keeps me in touch with the outside world.

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What is your favourite thing that you often include in your work? (e.g. faces, quotes, birds, etc)

Lately I am adding a lot of doodling in my art pages (inspired by the book Art Doodle Love by Dawn Sokol), sometimes as a feature and sometimes it gets buried in the backgrounds. The more you doodle and draw the more you realize that you have certain go-to symbols which make a regular appearance. I LOVE colour wheels and they often appear in my art, along with scallop shapes, leaves and anything circular. I taught myself how to draw whimsical style faces and have also been doing that more and more.

What are you doing when you’re not creating? 

In real life I am a school teacher, although I am lucky enough to work part-time now to allow me to continue with all things arty. I currently teach a class of 8 and 9 year olds. I like to continue with my school teaching as it keeps my teaching skills sharp, and because also I love working with children. They amuse me no end; every day in the classroom has its funny moments.

What are your favourite products to use?

Acrylic paints are my all-time favourites. They are so forgiving to work with and allow me to build up multiple layers in my work. I love the fact that I can add texture, build up layers of colour, and bury text and images in the background. And if I don’t like what I’ve done I can just start over and paint over it!

I also love Portfolio oil pastels, and Polychromos coloured pencils by Faber Castell. My favourite journaling pens are the Faber Castell PITT pen, and the Signo Uniball in white. And I wouldn’t be without my Stabilo Aquarellable pencil.

Do you have any tips or inspiring words to share?

Don’t be scared to have a go at something new, and don’t be put off by getting something wrong. Failure is a key part of learning, and true learning takes place when you experiment and follow your instincts.

Where we can view your work? (e.g. website, blog, Facebook, etc)

I have a blog here:

http://thekathrynwheel.blogspot.co.uk

And a facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/KateCraneTheKathrynWheel

I have been uploading my photos to Flickr for many years now so I have a large collection to view showing my progress over the years:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/thekathrynwheel/

And I have an Etsy shop here:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TheKathrynWheel

Do you have any upcoming online classes where we can enjoy learning from you?

Most of my classes are held in the UK and I keep details of all of these on my blog here: http://thekathrynwheel.blogspot.co.uk/p/teaching-schedule.html

However I also have on-line classes which are hosted in a private group on Vimeo, details of which can be seen here: http://thekathrynwheel.blogspot.co.uk/p/journal-soup.html

And over the years I have filmed various DVDs which are available internationally, details of which can be seen here: http://thekathrynwheel.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-journaling-dvds.html

Thanks Kate for sharing your answers with us so we could get to know you a little better. xx

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Artist Interview: Andrea Gomoll

portrait_andreaI’m so pleased to publish our second post in our round of Artist Interviews.  This week we have interviewed the lovely Andrea Gomoll whose beautiful colourful creations can’t help but make you happy!  Do yourself a favour and sign up to one of Andrea’s online courses. You will be so pleased you did.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.

I’m Andrea Gomoll from Berlin / Germany. I live here with my Fiancé Thomas and 3 crazy cats. I’m a full time wedding photographer and mixed media artist. Some years ago I turned my passions for art and photography into a business and I’m loving every minute of it. I love the freedom it gives me to have my own business and I love the fact, that in both areas I can create something meaningful and bring my ideas to life, having lots of fun along the way and creating something others will cherish. 

How/when did you get interested in art?

As cliché as this may sound, but I loved being creative for as long as I can remember. When I was a child, my mom did a lot of crafting with me – and I always loved drawing – so I guess it already started back then. I studied Media Design for Digital & Printmedia after I finished school, so for some years I almost completely focused on being creative on the Computer, but I was missing working with my hands so much, so it was all natural that I started being artsy (away from the Computer) again. For years I was all into Scrapbooking & Stamping, making Cards & ATCs and Altered Books … and this again lead to Artjournaling, Mixed Media Art and Drawing / Painting and Mail-Art. Right now I feel all “at home” with what I do and create – but who knows where the road will lead me … 🙂 I also still enjoy Papercrafting from time to time, making some fun Tags, Artist Trading Cards or Minibooks …

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Can you remember one of the first things you drew/painted?

I can’t really remember the first things I drew/painted myself – probably in school during art lessons *lol* – but what I can remember is that when I was little I LOVED using tracing Paper and Pencil and I did spend hours and hours tracing my favourite Characters from Micky Mouse Magazine & Co. – I even made up my own cartoon strips from those *lol* … 

What’s your favourite piece of work that you have created?

That’s hard to tell, because usually it’s my latest pieces of work which I like the most. Style changes over time and if I take a piece of art I created 1 year ago – which I maybe LOVED back then – it might be highly possible that today I go “What was I thinking?” *lol* …  I’m my own worst critic, but over the years I really learned to love the art I create no matter what – as long as I had fun making it – it’s perfect the way it is. There is no “perfect” in art and there’s always something you could do differently or better – but this – in my opinion – kind of takes the joy away from creating art 🙂 What was the Question again?!? *lol*

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Do you have a favourite artist?

I don’t really have a “favourite artist” – but there are many Artists out there that I really love. For example I adore the enchanting Art by Jasmine Becket-Griffith, I love the whimsical drawings by Brian Froud (esp. his “pressed fairies” series) … but there are also so many great Street Artists out there. When you take a walk in the City of Berlin you can find fun Street-Art almost everywhere – gracing the old walls and fences – making the city more colorful and fun – and some of them are so fabulous that I would take them right home with me and hang them on my wall if I could 🙂

What’s the best thing about being an artist?

That you’re completely free in what you do and how you do it. There are no rules in Art, there is no right and no wrong – I think that’s what I love most about being an artist. There is the freedom to play with all sorts of supplies & media and I just love the fact that everything you can imagine you can create in some way. And that Inspiration is everywhere. Let’s say I take a walk … I pass by an old picket fence – and suddenly I think “Hey – it would be so fun to paint on old pieces of wood from a picket fence!” … or I stroll the beach and pick up some shells & stones and my mind is already spinning with ideas on how I could alter those items, paint on them, add them to a Mixed Media Collage … that’s what I love about being an artist. Whatever comes to your mind – just do it! 

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Do you like to have music playing while you create and if so, what kind of music do you listen to that inspires you?

Absolutely …. I can’t stand silence while I work. Most of the time I just listen to some random Playlists in iTunes or on YouTube with my current fave songs in them. My taste in music really varies – it always depends on my mood – I love to listen to irish folk / celtic music, I also enjoy Country music, german music, there is another Playlist with current chart songs I enjoy … so it really depends 🙂 

What is your favourite thing that you often include in your work? (e.g. faces, quotes, birds, etc)

Definitely faces. There’s something about faces that fascinates me and I just love to include them in my artwork. Mostly I create faces in a more or less whimsical style – drawing & painting in photorealism isn’t my thing – I prefer the freedom to play with different shapes of the head, with smaller or larger eyes, with the placement of the facial features to make my girls look different …! Maybe because I photograph people for a living – so my job is all about Faces too – but photographs – so maybe that’s why in my art I enjoy a more whimsical, free style more 🙂 And I am drawn to the shape of Circles – so you will find lots of Circles in my Pieces – in the Girls I paint – in the Backgrounds – I kinda just LOVE this circular motion with my Pen / Marker *lol* …

What are you doing when you’re not creating? 

My Fiancé and me, we love to travel and to learn about different countries, cultures & people. So whenever time (and budget) allows we love to travel. We also enjoy being outside – we enjoy Geocaching (some sort of “treasure-hunt” with GPS) so whenever we have some free time and I need some time away from the Computer editing photos or from the art-table we go hunting for tupperware-boxed in the woods 😉 

I also love writing (and receiving) creative letters, so I have some Snailmail-Penpals (yeah – like we all used to have back when we where younger *lol*) and I love to write letters (you know – REAL letters – not computer-typed – but written with a fountain pen or dip pen – sealed with a wax seal … there’s something about it that makes me really happy and it’s kind of meditative to sit down and write an “old fashioned” letter to someone … and nothing beats opening your mailbox and finding lovely happymail in there). 

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My favourite Sunday Activity is visiting Fleamarkets. I love to “hunt” for cool Vintage finds and fun Vintage Ephemera – always having in mind how I could use it in my Art or how to alter it in some way. (like this vintage Camera I altered)

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What are your favourite products to use?

I actually don’t have THAT favourite Product – I really enjoy working with many different kinds of supplies & medias and it’s always exciting to find new ways how to use & combine different products. If I would have to decide, I think I would go with Watercolors – I just love to work with Watercolors – love the way they react with the Paper you use them on and love all those little happy accidents that happen when you work with Watercolor and when you just let the colors & water “do their own thing”. The results are never 100% predictable when working with Watercolors – I think that’s what I love about them. My favourites are the Neocolor II Watersoluble Crayons and the Peerless Watercolors. I also enjoy working with Inks of any sort – I love bright Sprayinks (like the Dylusions Spray Inks) – and I just love Stencils.

And lately I’m really addicted to Gelliplate Printing … I can spend hours and hours trying different ways to layer & add texture, to mix & layer different colors etc. – it’s so much fun and by now I probably have enought prepared Prints / Backgrounds to create on them for the next 2 years *lol* …

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Another thing I love to incorporate into my Artwork (not really a product per se) are old things I find at Fleamarkets. I just love to stroll fleamarkets for vintage Paper Goods which I can use in my Artwork. May it be old Books I can use the Pages for my Collages, old Sheet Music, old Cabinet Photographs, old Stamps or Letters … I just love to use those “real” items in my Artwork. I know – for example there is Patterned Paper available with Printing of old Letters and old Photographs – but for me it has even more meaning to use real Ephemera from the Past in my Artwork. Imagine – the Letter you are including into a piece of art now might have been written 100 years ago … so much meaning in there and I just love the fact that – otherwhise maybe thrown away – those relicts from the past will live on in my Artwork 🙂 

Do you have any tips or inspiring words to share?

Well – the most important Tip I always love to share is: ENJOY what you do. Enjoy the process when you create something – it’s YOUR time – so really be all in the now, be mindful and have fun. Even if the results sometimes don’t turn out the way you planned – as long as you enjoyed the process and had a good time it is 100% worth it!!!

Where we can view your work?

You can find me & follow my artsy adventures here:

Blog: http://www.andrea-gomoll.de
Instagram: http://instagram.com/cre8tivecre8tions
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/andreagomoll/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/AndreaGomoll

You can also download my free App for your Mobile Device (for iPhone / iPad & Android) in your App Store. (search for “Creative Creations” in iTunes or the Google App Store) This way you will get all my latest Video-Tutorials, Blogposts, Art-Shares etc. right onto your Smartphone and you’ll never miss important News and my latest work 🙂 You can also share your Artwork with others via the App, there are occasional Challenges you can take part in etc.

Here’s the direct Link for the App: http://creativecreationsbyandrea.mobapp.at/

Do you have any upcoming online classes where we can enjoy learning from you?

You can still sign up for my “FACEcinating Girls” Online Classes (Volume 1 and Volume 2 – both come with free Sets of Clearstamps for creating Faces in Artjournaling & Mixed Media). They are selfpaced and you can jump in any time to learn to create cute, whimsical Faces in Artjournaling and Mixed Media.

Another current Class I have running is the “ArtJOURNEYling” Online-Class – in this Class we travel the world of Artjournaling, we create a whole Artjournal together and I teach you my favourite techniques & show you my favourite supplies.

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You can find all Info on my current Online-Classes here: http://andrea-gomoll.de/classes/

About upcoming Classes: Currently I’m working on two new Online Classes, which will go live later this year. One of them will be all about Mail Art & artsy Happymail and this class will come with a fun, exclusive Stamp-Set again … I’m super excited about this upcoming class and I’m sure you’ll love it – so stay tuned. (if you download my App you will automatically be notified about this new Class as soon as I start the Presale (which means a little discount for you *hint_hint* – or/and sign up for my Newsletter in the Sidebar of my Blog http://www.andrea-gomoll.de)

I can give you an exclusive little Sneak-Peek of the handdrawn Stamps included in this Mail-Art Online-Class … whohooo … 

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Thank you so much Andrea for sharing your thoughts and world with us!  I might see some of you in class as I’m currently doing the ArtJourneyling class with Andrea and loving it!

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Artist Interviews

Artist Interview: Jamie Dougherty (Bloom Girls)

10269565_639185626149863_1698816926265862026_nToday I am so excited to be sharing with you the first in a series of artist interviews.  I am so pleased to introduce you to the lovely Jamie Dougherty. Jamie’s Bloom Girls have become a signature of hers and she teaches Bloom Girl workshops internationally and online.

Jamie is launching a new (year long) class on 1st July. You can sign up here.


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Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.

I’m a self taught artist who lives in Southern California with my husband and two amazing kids. I am a mixed media artist who loves to try anything and everything I possibly can. I teach workshops that are based off of my “Bloom Girls” a form of portrait art I’ve created over the past few years. I also have a product collection with Prima Marketing based off of my Bloom Girl designs.

How/when did you get interested in art?

I’ve loved art since a young age. I was always surrounded by creative people so it helped guide that passion. I had a teacher in high school that really encourage my love for art and gave me the swift kick I needed to believe in my self and work.

Can you remember one of the first things you drew/painted?

Horses … Being a country girl, horses were my obsession, but isn’t it every little girls?

What’s your favourite piece of work that you have created?

That is a very hard one. I have so many favorites, but if I had to pick one it would have to be a pencil drawing I recently did. It reflects who I am in my art, my nature, and my passions.

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Do you have a favourite artist?

My favorite artist would have to be Leonardo Da Vinci. His style, work with color, and his inventive mind is something I’d love to achieve. Just a sliver of his talent would be unbelievable.

What’s the best thing about being an artist?

I’m my own boss. For the most part I don’t have someone telling me what I can or can’t create. Of course when you have a custom art piece or product design, you have limits but limits are so much better than sitting behind a desk crunching numbers. Who was a bookkeeper for twelve years? This girl right here and I’ll never go back lol.

Do you like to have music playing while you create and if so, what kind of music do you listen to that inspires you?

I am more of a TV on in the background kind of person. It could be a Friends episode I’ve watched for the thousandth time, or a chick flick that I can laugh at every so often.

What is your favourite thing that you often include in your work?

Faces and flowers are for sure my thing. They started off as doodles then became a passion. My daughter started my path to drawing Bloom Girls, you could call her my muse.

What are you doing when you’re not creating?

I love spending time with my family … They are my highest priority.

If I’m not creating art and the family is fast asleep and my creative brain is still running, I also like to write. I have three books currently in print and have a couple more in the works. I have a brain that never shuts off.

What are your favourite products to use?

My favorite product to use would have to be watercolor pencils. I love the watercolor look with the control of a pencil, best of both worlds.

Do you have any tips or inspiring words to share?

Never let others determine your worth as a person or an artist. It has taken me a long time to understand this and I won’t lie, I still struggle. Art is meant to be a personal experience we then share with the world but remember you’ll never appeal to everyone, you only have to make YOU happy.

Where we can view your work?


Do you have any upcoming online classes where we can enjoy learning from you?

I have an online workshop beginning July 1st. “Blooming Through The Seasons” This is a year long workshop where you will receive a video tutorial once a month that will show you how to draw, paint, and/or create your own Bloom Girls. All levels are welcome, I provide templates for those who may not feel comfortable with drawing so there is no drawing experience needed.

Each month you will also learn how to create a new flower, all while using a variety on mixed media supplies that most of us have hiding in our rooms.

Come and join us in finding your own inner Bloom Girl. More information can be found at the link below.


Thank you so much Jamie for sharing your answers with us!  I’ve just signed up to the course above and can’t wait to start when it launches in a few days time! I hope a few of you might join me!  Also keep an eye out for Jamie’s new (Prima) bloom girl stamps and stencils which will be in our store sometime in July.

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